- Rousseau has a surprise in a tree, and it’s no frog: it’s a man who goes by the name of Henry Gale, much like Dorothy Gale’s uncle in The Wizard Of Oz. The balloon Henry mentions is another of many references to that story. At one point, Locke refers to Ben himself as ”the Wizard of Oz”.
- We don’t know much about how or why Ben got trapped in Rousseau’s net. He tells Locke in Two For The Road that he was on his way to the Swan station to capture him because that’s what he was told to do by “the man in charge” (the man behind the curtain, if you will).
- Assuming Ben was telling the truth, it would certainly explain why he never attempted to kill Locke during his time in captivity. Unfortunately, it would also raise a lot of other questions: Why would Jacob send Ben, of all people, to retrieve Locke? What would have been his plan with Locke? Or did Jacob intend for Ben to get caught all along? I’ll share my theory in a minute…
- All things considered, you have to give Ben credit for fooling the survivors for such a long time. After his capture, he chose to go by the name of Henry Gale, a man who really did crash on the island at some point and who, somehow, broke his neck a while later. The balloon could serve as evidence for Ben’s story, but Ben never thought that the survivors would check the grave underneath it. Or did he?